Sunday, 26 October 2014

WA abandons shark culling program, but reserves right to kill again

Western Australia’s premier, Colin Barnett, announces application for baited drum line approval has been withdrawn, Friday 24 October 2014 04.11 BST

The Western Australian government has conceded defeat over its plan to systematically trap and kill large sharks near popular beaches, after scrapping a proposal to implement the strategy over the next three years.

Colin Barnett, the WA premier, confirmed on Friday that WA had withdrawn its application to the federal government for the shark culling to go ahead.

However, WA has struck an agreement with the federal government that will enable it to implement the policy without approval from Canberra in emergency situations of “imminent shark threat”. This will mean the capture of any shark that is “posing a threat” or that has just attacked someone.

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